• April 14, 2022

Sonya Garcia Killed, Woman Injured in Single-Vehicle Accident in Bell County, TX

Bell County, TX -- December 11, 2021, Sonya Garcia was killed and one person was injured due to an accident where their vehicles collided head-on.

Investigators responded to the area of Highway 36 mile marker 464 at around 1:30 a.m. In their reports, officials said that 51-year-old Sonya Garcia was in a vehicle traveling southbound on the highway. Somehow, an oncoming vehicle reportedly went into the southbound lanes where it crashed head-on with Garcia's vehicle.

Due to the collision, Garcia sustained fatal injuries. The other driver was said to have incapacitating injuries. Reports say alcohol may have been a factor, but this has not yet been confirmed.

Commentary on Sonya Garcia Single-Vehicle Accident in Bell County

While it's unclear if alcohol led to this crash, that's certainly a concerning possibility. Not only could that lead to a driver having their day in court, it could even mean there's a local business that contributed to this awful tragedy. That may sound unusual, but alcohol providers can be responsible for contributing to deadly drunk driving wrecks, and they, too, should face the appropriate consequences.

Sonya Garcia Single-Vehicle Accident Bell County, TX

Put simply, Texas has dram shop law which says that an alcohol provider who over-serves an obviously intoxicated person can be liable for damages resulting from that intoxication. If a bar or some similar establishment breaks the law, and people get hurt, they need to be held accountable so they clean up their act. Believe me, across the hundreds of businesses I've confronted throughout my career, I can't recall a single one that didn't straighten up quick after a dram shop case.

Again, it's possible none of that applies here. But the challenge is the authorities don't always have the experience to consider these possibilities. That's why it may be necessary to ensure there are independent investigations here to make sure the authorities didn't overlook anything important. If nothing else, the victims and families involved here deserve to know they're getting the full story.

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